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Pot Doctor Andrew Katelaris allegedly caught with cannabis

A Sydney doctor and medicinal cannabis campaigner has been charged with possession of drugs and the proceeds of crime.

A de-registered Sydney doctor and pro-cannabis campaigner appeared in court today charged with possession of drugs and also having cash suspected of being from the proceeds of crime.

Police raided the St Ives home of Andrew Katelaris on Wednesday morning where they allegedly seized cash and cannabis found in the Luton Place residence of the former doctor.

The 62-year-old was taken to Hornsby Police Station and charged. He spent the night in the cells after being refused bail.

As a doctor, Mr Katelaris was an outspoken supporter of the use of cannabis oil for cancer sufferers.

He has publicly said that cannabis oil is a “safe and effective herbal medication”, and its broad use is in the public interest.

Katelaris has been treating four-year-old Chase Walker, whose parents made headlines last month when they were accused of snatching their son from Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane where he was being treated for spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

Chase’s parents have been treating their son with an organic diet and cannabis oil up to four times a day, following the guidance of Katelaris’s Church of Ubuntu ‘wellness centre’ in Newcastle.

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